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Minneapolis-Saint Paul residents believe in giving back, more than 36% volunteer their time – the highest percentage of any US city for the last five years. Volunteering greatly enriches the Greater MSP region, making it one of the best places to live and work in America.
Volunteerism and civic involvement go hand in hand. So it’s no surprise that Minneapolis-Saint Paul is also celebrated as the most civically engaged metro area in America. That honor is based on Greater MSP’s exemplary levels of volunteering, community engagement, voter turn-out, and one-on-one interactions with neighbors.
A 2014 analysis of 2012 voter turnouts by WalletHub named Minnesota the third most politically engaged state. We rank 2nd in the nation for young voter turnout with 59.4 percent of Minnesotans ages 18-24 voting in the 2012 presidential election.
Culture of Philanthropy
The New York Times praises Minneapolis-Saint Paul as “the emerald city of giving” because philanthropy is such a part of the corporate culture. But generosity is not restricted to the corporate giants. Almost 200 large and small companies donate 2-5% of their pretax income every year as members of the Minnesota Keystone Program.
Passion for the Twin Cities Community
Twin Cities residents are more attached to their city than people in other metro areas, according to the Knight Foundation's “Soul of the Community” study. That connection bodes well for Greater MSP businesses, because there’s a strong correlation between residents’ attachment and a city’s economic performance.”
The Knight Foundation's “Soul of the Community” study revealed that Twin Cities residents care greatly about social offerings like arts and cultural events, openness to different types of people, and aesthetics. Like previous studies, it validated the importance of community amenities in retaining people, luring new talent and attracting businesses.